Darkover (1532) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber color with a small beige head. Aroma of sweet malts and fruit. Taste is sweet with candy flavors, slightly sour and slight hoppiness. Medium body, slick feel, average carbonation. Tangy finish very drinkable.
chinchill (3586) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle of 2011 Reserve served in a Belgian snifter.
The hazy brown body is topped by a thin weak head that leaves minimal lacing.
Fruity appealing aroma with some biscuit and remarkably little evidence of alcohol. There’s little sign of the alcohol upon tasting either ... at first; but eventually the alcohol builds and the finish and aftertaste are actually rather boozy. While the boozy finish detracts from the flavor it is overall good enough, and complex enough, to deserve a 8. More hops than expected for this style and vintage combination.
Feel: light carbonation in a medium-light body with obvious alcohol warming.
drsordr (1861) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06 vintage 2007 pour dark amber copper with moderate tan head. Nose toffee, raisin, sweet malt, and maybe hint of oxidation. Taste up front sweeter flavors with raisin, plum, toffee. Mid palate moderate bitterness still. Hint of spicy pepper. Drinks pretty nice for 8 year old beer.
SrSilliGose (3327) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 25, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep dive into the rotter for this 2009 reserve barley wine gold ale. Rich toffee. Raisin rum cake. Musty sherry. Oxidized grape drank. Bit of sharp coffee medicine. Better than expected given what was in front of me. Rotted just fine.
Sarlacc83 (1591) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 9, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. 2010 vintage.
A: Dark brown with red highlights. Creme colored head. Lacing.
N: Toffee, leather, earth, tobacco, some oxidation, grass. Dry autumn leaves.
T: Quite bitter, light sweetness.
M: Medium body, touch of alcohol, drying, soft carbonation.
O: Throwback barleywine. Not unrestrained but not my cup of tea, either.
Iphonephan (5277) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAY 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 22 oz bottle shared at home. Vintage 2012. Pours slightly hazy copper with an ecru head. Aroma of raisins and booze. Flavors of caramel and bitter citrus. Bitter finish.
rdixon77 (1787) - Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Old rating. Average barley wine. Brown sugar, toffee, raisins, big hop wallop in finish. Decent enough.
slowrunner77 (8345) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
"piney, good balance of malt and hops, and smooth and drinkable even though it has a kick. good, but not one of the best. I’ll usually pick up a bottle any time I find one. 2/10-have had a couple pedestrian bottles. the 07 version not aging well. docked a couple tenths."
Dogbrick (10409) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample from 2007 batch at Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI on 10/03/2014. Dark amber color with a medium beige head that diminishes steadily. Patchy lacing. Aroma of malt, pine and hops. Full-bodied with flavors of caramel malt, citrus and resiny hops. The finish is sweet with a charred malt and caramel aftertaste. Pretty good all around.
WVHouseofBeer (961) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Damn this beer was nice. Pours a beautiful dark amber color with a frothy khaki head. Smells of toffee, caramel and just a hint of booze. Full bodied. Flavors of caramel, toffee, dark fruit, nuts and some alcohol. Excellent beer.
arminjewell (9142) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, from 09 poured in 2014, dark brownish red pour with lacing tan head, aroma brought notes of big sherry, cherry, dark raisin, toffee, caramel, nice yeasty notes, very nice. Taste is a mix of dark fruit, raisin, fig, dark cherry, some prune, hints of caramel, toffee, hints of nice sherry notes, finishing fairly sweet, slightly bitter.